The department offers a three-year BA programme, whose aim is to provide students with a basic knowledge of geography, history, art, anthropology, linguistics, and current social issues. During the programme students acquire a good command of one African language in speaking and writing, as well as in reading literature and other source texts. The programme also includes a two-year course of Standard Arabic. A graduate has the competence to understand and interpret a range of cultural issues of the chosen region and gains methodological skills needed to do research in the broad area of cultural studies.
Graduates can continue professional and in-depth studies in a two-year MA programme, which offers advanced language courses at the level of fluent communicating in speaking and writing. A student can specialize in a preferred field of studies, such as literature, history, linguistics or anthropology. To improve practical knowledge of the studied languages the Department organizes summer language courses (with the cooperation of African universities, e.g. Bayero University Kano in Nigeria, Mekelle University in Ethiopia).
The staff members are qualified to lead projects within their research areas as well as to supervise doctoral theses. The Department is subsumed under the Faculty’s programme for Ph. D. students. Ph. D. students of the Department write their theses in one of the following areas: African linguistics or African literature.
The Department offers special admission programmes for students from Africa.
Staff members are engaged in research in the following disciplines: linguistics, literature, history, sociology and anthropology. They carry out individual research projects, which are part of a long-termed topic “Languages, literatures and societies in the process of change”. The results are presented during conferences in Poland and worldwide. The list of publications and current activities of the staff members are available at this webpage. The Department maintains academic contacts with African and European universities and invites researchers from outside research institutions.
Students of the Department are active members of The African Studies Research Group of the University of Warsaw (www.mkauw.ovh.org), which organizes cultural events promoting African culture (“Days of Africa”), undertakes research trips to Africa and publishes its own magazine “African Review”. Students cooperate with local organizations focusing on Africa, such as those found on the web page www.afryka.org and the Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. Every year they work as volunteers to organize and carry out the annual African Film Festival “Afrykamera” (www.afrykamera.pl).
Since 1984 current results of research of the Department staff members and students have been published in the Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures. The journal also provides space for the publications of researchers from Africa. The tables of contents are available through our website
The Department has a library for the use of its staff and students. The collection, which corresponds to our research and teaching profile includes various reference works, student books, journals, texts and monographs in African studies. Apart from scientific publications, the library maintains books, journals and recordings in African languages, mainly in Amharic, Hausa and Swahili (enter here)